The Fine Art of Failure: Week 1 - Day 1

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, Your Word is so current and is absolutely TRUE. Give me an open heart to apply Your Word personally today.

 

Read: Judges 2:10-11 NIV

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.”

 

Reflect: 

This Scripture focuses on what happened to Israel after several generations under two strong leaders, Moses and Joshua.  They were extraordinary men who listened to God as their source of strength and guidance.  Once the strong leaders the Israelites had followed so diligently were gone they went their own way and forgot they needed to focus on God.  (Although they did not always make it easy for their leaders with their grumbling and complaining.) They went off in their own way, did evil and fell away from God. 

It is so easy to do this in our own lives.  We tend to focus on individuals rather than God as our leader and support.  Several years ago, we were members of a large church in another state.  The pastor was adored and almost revered by all.  He was invited to speak all over the U.S. and was held up as an example of what Christians should be and do.  He could do no wrong in the minds of many. That is, until he had a moral failure!  We all realized our focus had been on the wrong one.  The church rapidly declined and split into two or more groups.  Some would not believe what they heard and supported him beyond reason.  The fallout was devastating to all who knew the pastor.

This is what happens when we focus on the wrong person.  Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life…….”  He is the solid rock on which we need to take our stand.  With Him as our foundation we don’t have to worry about moral failure or any other evil entering His life and rocking our boat.  We can be assured that with Him as our focus we are on solid ground (granite).

 

Apply: 

Who are you trusting as your key support?  For many of us it is our spouse, political leader, pastors, or boss.  They are all failed human beings who are subject to falling into some sin and may let us down.  We need to center our lives on Christ in all we do this week.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, I praise You for reminding me again that You alone are the unfailing foundation and guide every day in every way.

Terry Schneider